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Opinion: A master class in truth and music
03-22-2024 6:00 AM

By CHARLES HUCKELBURY

Charles Huckelbury lives in Henniker. In a series of lectures for MasterClass, Yo-Yo Ma describes how music brings people together, and he articulates three elements of any musical piece necessary to promote and maintain social cooperation. The first...

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How do you build a college football program from scratch? Kevin Kelly’s working on finding the answer
04-14-2024 12:01 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Of all the places Kevin Kelly’s coached football throughout his career, from high schools in the Northeast to the NCAA Division I level at Georgetown to the New York Guardians of the XFL, New England College in Henniker might be his greatest...


Opinion: Preserve the history of NH Savings Bank
04-12-2024 6:00 AM

By DAVID WOOLPERT

David Woolpert lives in Henniker. The former bank building currently being torn down for a legislators’ parking garage was primarily used by NH Savings Bank, not Mechanics Bank as stated in a recent Monitor article. Before 1980, commercial banks and...


Heat pump gives Concord Quaker meetinghouse many benefits, including a bunch of pre-schoolers
04-04-2024 11:47 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

When leaders of the Concord Quaker meetinghouse replaced their old boiler with a geothermal heat pump, they were excited about operational benefits and with helping out the climate. But the best part, it turns out, is all the little kids.“This is...


New England College professor is state’s new Poet Laureate
03-28-2024 3:29 PM

The director of New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is the new Poet Laureate of New Hampshire.Jennifer Militello was nominated by Gov. Chris Sununu and recently confirmed by the Executive Council. Her five-year term...


Two recent New England College grads shot to death in apparent double murder-suicide in Miami
03-19-2024 1:31 PM

By ARIANNA MACNEILL

Two recent New England College graduates living together in Miami, Florida were killed in what authorities are calling a double murder-suicide over the weekend.Sidney Capolino, 23, and Meghan Moore, 25, were both found shot after police were called to...


Henniker OKs operating budget, money to combat blooms in town ponds
03-16-2024 6:07 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Henniker voters approved virtually everything at Town Meeting including the latest in a long series of steps to limit how often ponds in town turn a nasty, and potentially dangerous, green.“We’re lucky, we haven’t had any illnesses … but Keyser Pond...


Henniker voters to consider pond cleanup at town meeting
03-15-2024 9:56 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

The continuing problem of cyanobacteria blooms in French and Keyser ponds, mostly caused by phosphate from runoff and septic systems, would be targeted under a proposal to hire a consulting firm to recommend ways to tackle the problem. The $100,000...


Henniker’s thumbs-up beats Weare’s thumbs-down for John Stark budget
03-14-2024 10:28 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Henniker said yes more than Weare said no, which means the John Stark School District operating budget passed on election day.The two-town school district often sees a split between its member communities at annual meeting time and this was no...


Henniker school budget, contracts pass
03-13-2024 5:31 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Incumbent Select Board member Kris Blomback was re-elected while Peter Flynn will replace Scott Osgood on the five-person board after Tuesday’s election in Henniker.In the Henniker School District, voters easily passed the operating budget of $10.07...


Creator of ‘Doonesbury’ comic to be New England College commencement speaker
02-28-2024 4:09 PM

Monitor staff

Garry Trudeau, creator of the Doonesbury comic strip, will be the commencement speaker for New England College’s 2024 graduation ceremony on May 18.In addition, the New England College Board of Trustees has authorized the awarding of an honorary...


Henniker man who left girlfriend’s body on the side of road faces one year in jail
02-27-2024 1:06 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Thomas Hanley of Henniker is facing one year in jail after pleading guilty to charges that he left his girlfriend’s body on the side of Interstate 89 after she jumped out of a moving vehicle.Hanley, 31, pleaded guilty at the Merrimack County Superior...


Henniker proposed town budget up 6%
02-14-2024 1:44 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Henniker voters will face a town operating budget of $6.66 million, up 6% from the amount approved last year, on election day as well as a $1.5 million bond to continue upgrades of the wastewater system.Tuesday’s budget hearing contained some debate...


Opinion: Trump, Haley on the campaign trail
02-13-2024 5:00 PM

By CHARLES HUCKELBURY

Charles Huckelbury lives in Henniker. Donald Trump held a raucous campaign rally in Conway, South Carolina, on Saturday and elicited roaring approval from his fan base by attacking Nikki Haley, his only remaining opponent for the GOP...


John Stark School District to deliberate $15M budget, new support contract
02-07-2024 2:44 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Voters in Henniker and Weare will consider a $15 million budget for the John Stark School District, up 2.36% from the current budget, and a new contract for support personnel at Friday’s deliberative session.If all warrants pass, it is projected the...


Henniker wants teacher pay to compete with Concord
02-06-2024 12:48 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Henniker wants to attract and retain teachers with a master's degree and will intentionally raise pay to compete with surrounding communities including Concord.Voters will be asked to approve a proposed two-year teachers contract that would give an...


Henniker School District deliberative session coming Monday evening, Feb. 5
02-02-2024 3:19 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Henniker voters at Monday’s deliberative session will consider a new contract for teachers that would bolster pay and hopefully slow down staff turnover.The proposed agreement with the teachers union would give a 8.76% hike for the 27 teachers “on the...


Opinion: In today’s world, being right is not enough
01-20-2024 7:00 AM

By CHARLES HUCKELBURY

Charles Huckelbury lives in Henniker. The 2024 election season has begun, and the Democrats appear to have finally learned that the polarized electorate cannot be swayed by simple slogans and Trump’s obvious defects. President Biden’s first campaign...


New England College freezes tuition again
01-11-2024 3:08 PM

New England College in Henniker says it has frozen tuition for the next academic year, keeping it at the 2022 level of $20,089 a semester for a bachelor’s degree.As is the case at many colleges, many students at NEC pay far less than ful tuition due...


Hometown Hero: Salisbury’s Leanna Lorden plays big role at Henniker nonprofit
01-01-2024 5:53 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

LLeanna Lorden has a diminished role when it comes to face-to-face meetings with students at White Birch Center in Henniker. She was promoted to chief operating officer last summer, shifting to an administrative role filled with meetings and phone...


Opinion: War is cruelty without refinement
11-17-2023 6:00 AM

By CHARLES HUCKELBURY

Charles Huckelbury lives in Henniker. General William T. Sherman’s most famous quote compares warfare to hell. Sherman clearly knew whereof he spoke, having commanded Union troops in a war in which Americans killed over 700,000 of our own. A...

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